Star Trek XI — more casting news

The Hollywood Reporter says Leningrad-born 18-year-old Anton Yelchin has joined the cast of Star Trek XI as Pavel Chekov, who was first played by the nearly 31-year-old Walter Koenig in 1967. This is interesting, as Chekov did not join the show until its second year — though Chekov must have been on the ship somewhere during the first year, otherwise Khan would not have recognized him years later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Betty

    As I recall, Koenig’s explanation for why Khan recognized him involved Khan having to wait outside the bathroom forever while Chekov was using it. And Khan, as you know, can really hold a grudge.

    Also… An actual Russian playing Checkov? Can you do that? It just seems so wrong. :)

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Heh, yeah, next thing you know, they’ll be hiring an actual Scot to play Scotty, and not a Canadian with a fake accent!

  • Joseph

    ^ Seriously. I heard a rumor a while back (probably on CinemaBlend) that James McAvoy is a candidate for Scotty. Please no.

  • jasdye

    what’s his name?

    the guy from the late, late show on CBS here in the States. there’s your Scotty.

  • Thom

    Craig Fergusen?